Cuts to Barnet and Camden police revealed

  • Barnet and Camden has lost 103 police officers in the last year, new figures from the Metropolitan Police Authority reveal.
  • London Assembly member Nicky Gavron AM says Mayor Boris Johnson must take responsibility

New figures published by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) show that Barnet and Camden have lost 103 full time warranted officers since March 2010. Across London there are now 1,130 fewer borough based police officers than there were a year ago.

Local London Assembly member Nicky Gavron said the figures exposed as “hypocrisy” Boris Johnson’s call for a halt to police cuts.

Following the riots last month the London Mayor said the case for reducing police officer numbers had always been “frail“. “I think that this is not a time to think about making substantial cuts in police numbers“, he said.

But the figures from the MPA show that, under the Mayor’s own plans, police officer numbers were falling long before the London riots.

In March last year there were 1,471 full time warranted officers in Barnet and Camden. This number has fallen to 1,368 as of July 2011. Boris Johnson’s police authority published plans earlier this year to cut 1,800 officers by 2013/14.

Labour Assembly member Nicky Gavron said:

“The Mayor’s cuts to police in Barnet and Camden undermine the fight against crime and should be reversed. He should think again about his own cuts – not just try to blame others. I think the hypocrisy of a Mayor who proposed two years ago to cut 455 police officers now saying he’s against these cuts is clear for all to see.”

Ends

Notes

  • In November 2009, following the previous Mayor of London’s last budget, police numbers reached a peak of 33,404. Under Boris Johnson’s police budgets, the number has now fallen by over 1,000 to 32,131
  • On Friday 12 August, Boris Johnson told the BBC, “The case was always pretty frail and it’s been substantially weakened. This is not the time to think about making substantial cuts in police numbers.”
  • Borough police officer numbers
Borough

Police officer numbers

 March 2010

Police officer numbers

end of July 2011

Barking & Dagenham

446.3

433

Barnet

592.2

570

Bexley

405.3

397

Brent

703.6

671

Bromley

523.5

506

Camden

879.4

798

Croydon

746.8

716

Ealing

723.8

707

Enfield

595.2

565

Greenwich

705.0

633

Hackney

772.6

734

Hammersmith & Fulham

593.7

555

Haringey

729.3

689

Harrow

403.1

369

Havering

390.9

381

Hillingdon

521.5

525

Hounslow

530.3

500

Islington

714.1

689

Kensington & Chelsea

575.7

548

Kingston upon Thames

329.7

309

Lambeth

1,038.4

973

Lewisham

681.5

632

Merton

393.2

381

Newham

816.1

780

Redbridge

498.1

465

Richmond upon Thames

334.0

306

Southwark

958.8

891

Sutton

354.5

341

Tower Hamlets

820.7

758

Waltham Forest

576.7

538

Wandsworth

613.8

591

Westminster

1,631.8

1,519

Total

20,599.5

19,471

*source MPA http://www.mpa.gov.uk/statistics/police-numbers/

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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